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Wind energy production on the rise
The U.S. green energy sector is moving forward as more turbines are installed throughout the country.
According to the 2011 Wind Technologies Market Report compiled by the Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. was the second largest wind energy market in annual wind power capacity additions for the third year, with wind power making up 32 percent of all new electric capacity. Last year, the U.S. added approximately 6,800 megawatts of new wind power capacity to the grid - a 31 percent increase from 2010.
On August 7, 2012, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced that total American wind power had topped 50 gigawatts.
"This milestone for wind-energy production marks continued success for this clean, renewable and domestically produced energy source," Senator Chuck Grassley said in a press release from the AWEA.
With the green energy sector growing, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued standards to protect workers from hazards, such as falls from heights, confined spaces, unguarded machinery, and respiratory irritants. Ensure your employees are provided the appropriate safety products, including fall protection, lockout tagout, hard hats, and respiratory protection.